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EXAMINE YOUR SPIRITUAL OXYGEN

Spiritual Oxygen

TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 4: 8-16

Verse 15- “Meditate upon these things, give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all.”

Verse 16- “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this thou shalt save thyself, and then that hear thee.”

Reflection

I would strongly advise you to either stick with the verses provided above or read the entirety of chapter 4 in the book of Timothy. However, for the purposes of the theme and topic of today, I’d like to concentrate on verses 15 and 16, which outline the goals and advantages of the chapter.

Let’s take a closer look at the definition of the word oxygen, which is more important. The majority of animals and plants require oxygen to survive, a gas that has no colour, taste, or smell and is found in the air.

What exactly do we mean when we talk about checking your spiritual oxygen, or what does the definition cause you to think of? I would say that, given my line of work as a marine engineer, my practical experience sailing for several years, and my work with divers, I have learned the value of oxygen to a diver. Before beginning a diving expedition, I would also add that it is crucial to have a recharged bottle filled with oxygen that is regularly checked.

Furthermore, I found this true-life story on a post by Bishop (Dr) Christopher Kwakpovwe, the author of Our Daily Manner. “Tributes have been paid to Mr. Saman Kunan, a former navy seal diver who died in the attempted rescue of a group of Thai boys trapped in a cave in July some years ago. His body was taken abroad on a C-120 plane to Bangkok, and he received a royal sponsored state funeral. The former seal died at about 1am on Friday July 6th when he ran out of oxygen on his way back to the surface after placing air tanks along the two-mile route to the 12 trapped boys and their coach.  That is the current method for refreshing the air supply in caves. He became unconscious while making the return Journey from the “chamber three” about a mile inside the cave. A fellow diver tried to receive him but was unsuccessful. Oh! So amazing! His job was to deliver oxygen to the trapped 13 souls. But he did not have enough on his way back after completing his assignment! Mr. Kunan, who had volunteered for the rescue and was reportedly 38, was videoed as he was boarding a plane to join the rescue mission in Chiang Rai.

His last words were: “I am at Suvarnabhumi airport waiting to board the plane to join the mission in Chiang Rai. I’m accompanied by doctors from the navy and divers from sea world that also donated lots of diving equipment. See you this evening. We will bring the kids home.” Yes! The kids were all rescued but he never made it home! The armed forces website offered condolences to Kunan’s family and wrote: “Cave diving is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.”

The Holy Spirit wants you to understand that it is not enough to save others as we continue to pound through this shared story. To save your soul and fulfill your life’s purpose, you must make sure you have enough spiritual oxygen.

According to Larry Stock-still, “A chemical produced by your body, when you are afraid or excited, which makes your heartbeat faster, as a result, many men today are running on adrenaline and not anointing.” This is why so many Christians maintain the VINYARDS of others while allowing weeds to CHOKE their own Vineyards (See Songs of Solomon 1:6). A pastor, minister, or church worker who works nonstop for others while neglecting to reapply their own fresh oil will become ICHABOD, which means “the glory has passed away.” A Christian will become a DISGRACE BASKET if they neglect their time “Alone with God” in favour of “winning souls” or even giving their church money offerings.

Further, considering that your soul is the CEO of your life, put it first! Examine your daily prayer life! Are you on fire or are you constantly drying out? Are you still flowing with your River of Fresh Oil, or are you living on a PAST GLORY? When did you last genuinely experience God’s voice? Are you so busy that you’re becoming difficult to find at the THRONE OF GRACE? Take care of yourself and the doctrine, Paul advised Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16. Maintain your commitment to them because doing so will save both you and those who are listening to you. You got that? You must save yourself first before you can save others.

Prayer.

Pray about the topic of today as you are led now, in your own words. In Jesus’ name, Amen, I pray to the Holy Spirit, “Dear Holy Spirit, fill me with fresh fire; my vineyard of destiny will not be neglected; I shall work on my salvation daily.”

Please share…….

God bless you all….

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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